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How Will Bit.ly Work with Twitter’s Link Wrapping?
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Besides hinting at new features and talking about user stats, Twitter also made a couple announcements this week. One is that all Twitter apps use OAuth. The other is that it will start tracking every t.co link users click. This is Twitter’s own default URL-shortener. 

Will Bit.ly Make Email Better?
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While some have all but written email’s obituary, it continues to become clearer that email is not going away. Facebook infamously implied that it was on the way out, yet has done nothing to lend any legitimacy to this.

Google sought to change email forever with the launch of Google Wave. A few weeks ago, the company announced that Wave was being shut down (though some of the technology behind it will likely resurface in other products).

Yahoo-Bit.ly Acquisition Rumored Possible

Bit.ly, the URL shortener with a fish logo, might itself be snapped up in the not-too-distant future.  A new report indicates that Yahoo and several other (unidentified) companies are in talks to acquire the company, although it’s not time for business card shops to send out congratulatory notes/ads just yet.

Ushering In a Whole New Era of Linking Questions
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Update: Tr.im has apparently had a change of heart, and decided to remain functional. On the company blog, Tr.im’s founder says:

We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.

Database Maintenance for Bit.ly Tonight

Twitter’s favorite URL shortener, Bit.ly, updated their official blog warning users of unscheduled database maintenance that will take place tonight between the hours of 1 – 3 AM EST. No downtime is expected and all links should redirect properly, but during the maintenance you’ll be unable to generate new links and view stats.

Bit.ly Switch Part of Twitter’s Realtime Search Strategy
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URL shorteners sprang into sudden essentialness with the advent of microblogging, and especially with the advent of Twitter. Until yesterday, TinyURL was the shortener of choice, boosted by Twitter’s default shortener setting.

Twitter’s sudden switch to competing URL shortener Bit.ly not only was a surprise to many, but the move could spell an unforeseen and swift death for TinyURL. So what gives? What makes one URL shortener different from another?

URL Shortener Gets Long On Money
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So what’s beyond social networking and microblogging? Some speculate it might URL-shortening, mostly because of sheer practicality. A new type of metrics URL-shortners offer also make them attractive topic, though nobody’s quite that sure just yet.